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    Latin America Breaking News

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:29 pm

    Forward Operating Location Manta closes, officials donate items to local community


    by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky
    12th Air Force Public Affairs

    9/23/2009 - DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) -- American military officials here donated almost $1 million worth of equipment, food and supplies to local establishments as operations at Forward Operating Location Manta, Ecuador, came to an end Sept. 18.

    The closing marks the end of a 10-year lease agreement between the United States and Ecuador.

    "This week officially concludes the FOL's community relations program in Manta," said Lt. Col. Jared Curtis, the 478th Expeditionary Operations Squadron commander. "From now until Sept. 18, we are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, packing and shipping approximately 5,000 items to 22 locations outside of Ecuador. We will continue to support the counterdrug effort with the majority of those assets."

    Additionally, the colonel said they would donate another 3,500 items to the Ecuadorian air force after American servicemembers departed FOL Manta.

    Among the donated items were five vehicles, an ambulance, a runway sweeper, office and medical supplies, and tools. More than 30 organizations received donations including six schools, seven fire departments, two outreach programs, two orphanages, four hospitals and three soup kitchens.

    The support for FOL Manta and other communities in Manabi Province is nothing new for U.S. servicemembers.

    Unit members carried out an intensive community relations program since it opened in 1999. In an average year, troops volunteered for 200 events and donated more than 4,000 hours and 15,000 items. Just last year, nonprofit organizations in the country received $30,000 in donations from the U.S. Embassy as well.

    "We appreciate the goodwill shown by our Ecuadorian hosts over that past 10 years," Colonel Curtis said. "Their support was key to our success."

    Located at the Ecuadorian Air Force Base Eloy Alfaro, FOL Manta has been a well-defined part of a multinational partnership to stop illegal narcotic trafficking over the eastern Pacific Ocean. Missions flown by the 487th EOS included aerial detection, monitoring, tracking and control of narcotic activities. The partnership forged between the United States and Ecuador will continue even after the lease expires.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2009/09/mil-090923-afns05.htm
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    US intervention in Colombian conflict

    Post  Jelena on Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:18 am

    “Colombia turning into giant US military base”


    Published 11 November, 2009, 03:27

    The US and Colombia have signed an agreement “that is basically converting Colombia into one giant US military base in South America,” attorney and writer Eva Golinger told RT.
    She said the agreement was signed on October 30 and it “authorizes the US not only to occupy seven military bases in Colombia, but also to occupy any installation throughout the entire country.”

    While Columbia insists its partnership with the US is aimed only at preventing drug trafficking and fighting against leftist gorilla groups, neighboring Venezuela fears that the deal goes beyond that. This week, President Hugo Chavez told the country's military to prepare for a possible confrontation with Colombia.

    Golinger believes there is very clear evidence that the US-Colombian partnership is not at all what is described to be.

    She cited two Air Force documents, one of them requesting “$46 million from the US Congress.” It has now been approved for the 2010 budget, she said. The document “talks about using one of the Colombian air bases in Palanquero for continental-wide US military operations.”

    http://russiatoday.com/Top_News/2009-11-11/colombia-us-military-base.html
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:27 am

    It's going to be real funny when Chavez's army overuns those US bases and finds what they are really hiding. lol!
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    Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal construction:

    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:05 am

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_07_08/80682791/

    Ortega signs canal bill into law

    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has signed into law a bill that paves the way for the construction of a trans-oceanic canal through Nicaragua.

    Conceived as an alternative to the Panama Canal, the new waterway may cost an estimated $30 billion.

    The Panama Canal was built in 1920.

    Too narrow for large modern ships, it is no longer able to cope with increasing freight flows.


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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:23 am

    Interesting.

    I wonder if they will be able to pull it off...
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  flamming_python on Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:35 pm

    Looks like someone is going to be in need of some liberation and freedom!
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:43 pm

    GarryB wrote:Interesting.

    I wonder if they will be able to pull it off...

    Only one that could afford to pay for it is China. The demand isn't there so I would say no.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:21 am

    It would certainly be a high risk investment because the cost of making the Panama canal wider should be cheaper than building a whole new canal because there are likely only specific places where it is too narrow.

    Maybe if the BRICS decided it was a good idea and were ready to invest the money... but I agree it is unlikely. Sadly.
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    Post  George1 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:27 pm

    The only power that could assist them in financing and technology is Russia however. And that could be a very strong strategic point for Russia in central america
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  GarryB on Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:19 am

    Too big a risk though.

    The people with the big ships and a lot of the money are still the western countries and you would need to rely on them wanting to use the new canal to make it worth it... it would be a very expensive white elephant if Panama decides to spend a fraction of that price to widen the Panama Canal at the places where it is too narrow...
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    Νicaragua canal

    Post  Viktor on Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:29 pm

    Nicaragua is taking lots of investments lately and they need the ships for patrol and protection. China is building new canal that will connect Atlantic and Pacific

    ocean.

    President of Nicaragua signed agreement for the construction of the Grand Panama Canal - See more at: http://laradiodelsur.com/?p=182740#sthash.4OodYs87.dpuf





    It will cost 40 bin $
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    Brazil's Economy Tumbles Into Recession For First Time In Five Years

    Post  AlfaT8 on Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:35 am

    Brazil's Economy Tumbles Into Recession For First Time In Five Years

    Brazil’s economy slid into recession for the first time in more than five years, ahead of the October presidential election, as lower confidence eroded investment. Economic activity shrank by 0.6 percent from the first quarter to the second quarter, the Brazilian government’s statistics agency reported Friday.

    Economists polled by Bloomberg had expected only a 0.4 percent quarter-to-quarter drop. Gross domestic product, the measure of all goods and services produced, fell 0.9 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period a year ago........
    http://www.ibtimes.com/brazils-economy-tumbles-recession-first-time-five-years-1673724
    Ghee, i hope no one tries to "liberate" Brazil from it's economic woes, with some good old "Regime change". Rolling Eyes
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  George1 on Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:04 am

    $50Bln Nicaragua Canal Construction Begins Amid Protests

    The farmers are dissatisfied with the compensation they were offered for their lands by Nicaragua’s left-wing government and the implementer of the project.

    MOSCOW, December 23 (Sputnik) —The opening ceremony marking the beginning of works on a $50 billion interoceanic Panama canal Monday evening was marred by demonstrations as locals protested against mass displacements and environmental pollution.

    The protesters blocking the roads were mainly comprised of the environmentalists and the farmers from 40 local villages, through which the construction will pass. The environmental activists fear the destruction of natural habitat, the pollution of Lake Managua – Nicaragua’s biggest source of fresh water — and the potential activity of nearby volcanoes.

    The farmers are dissatisfied with the compensation they were offered for their lands by Nicaragua’s left-wing government and the implementer of the project, the Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Investment (HKND) group.

    According to the various estimates, the project will also displace between 30,000 and 120,000 people that live along the canal’s future route.

    "This project will bring no benefit to the people of Nicaragua, it will only benefit the Chinese," Danilo Lorio, the leader of protests on the western shore of Lake Nicaragua told South China Morning Post. "The compensation offer for our lands is ridiculous."

    The 173-mile-long Nicaragua canal, designed to rival the Panama canal, will link the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean Sea. The ambitious project includes the construction of an international airport and two ports capable of handling ships carrying up to 25,000 containers. According to The Guardian, the Panama canal is currently able to handle the ships carrying no more than 5,000 containers — this figure will reach 12,000 containers after the expansion of the canal that is already underway and due to be completed by 2016.

    The Nicaragua canal project is expected to be complete by 2020 and will cost a total of $50 billion. The contract allows the HKND to operate the canal for 100 years.

    No environmental impact report regarding the construction has ever been released to public.
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  kvs on Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:51 am

    George1 wrote:$50Bln Nicaragua Canal Construction Begins Amid Protests

    The farmers are dissatisfied with the compensation they were offered for their lands by Nicaragua’s left-wing government and the implementer of the project.

    MOSCOW, December 23 (Sputnik) —The opening ceremony marking the beginning of works on a $50 billion interoceanic Panama canal Monday evening was marred by demonstrations as locals protested against mass displacements and environmental pollution.

    The protesters blocking the roads were mainly comprised of the environmentalists and the farmers from 40 local villages, through which the construction will pass. The environmental activists fear the destruction of natural habitat, the pollution of Lake Managua – Nicaragua’s biggest source of fresh water — and the potential activity of nearby volcanoes.

    The farmers are dissatisfied with the compensation they were offered for their lands by Nicaragua’s left-wing government and the implementer of the project, the Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Investment (HKND) group.

    According to the various estimates, the project will also displace between 30,000 and 120,000 people that live along the canal’s future route.

    "This project will bring no benefit to the people of Nicaragua, it will only benefit the Chinese," Danilo Lorio, the leader of protests on the western shore of Lake Nicaragua told South China Morning Post. "The compensation offer for our lands is ridiculous."

    The 173-mile-long Nicaragua canal, designed to rival the Panama canal, will link the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean Sea. The ambitious project includes the construction of an international airport and two ports capable of handling ships carrying up to 25,000 containers. According to The Guardian, the Panama canal is currently able to handle the ships carrying no more than 5,000 containers — this figure will reach 12,000 containers after the expansion of the canal that is already underway and due to be completed by 2016.

    The Nicaragua canal project is expected to be complete by 2020 and will cost a total of $50 billion. The contract allows the HKND to operate the canal for 100 years.

    No environmental impact report regarding the construction has ever been released to public.

    What's with the retarded cold war language in this article. Are we back to right wing good, left wing bad drivel all over again?

    Also, if 30-120,000 people are being displaced and all of them are being shafted by the "left wing" government then where are the thousands of
    protestors? All we had was hundreds including a bunch of enviros. Likely 5th column NGO funded trash. Greenpeace being an example of
    what "environmentalism" is these days. There will be unhappy people in any group.
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:18 am

    kvs wrote:
    George1 wrote:$50Bln Nicaragua Canal Construction Begins Amid Protests

    The farmers are dissatisfied with the compensation they were offered for their lands by Nicaragua’s left-wing government and the implementer of the project.

    MOSCOW, December 23 (Sputnik) —The opening ceremony marking the beginning of works on a $50 billion interoceanic Panama canal Monday evening was marred by demonstrations as locals protested against mass displacements and environmental pollution.

    The protesters blocking the roads were mainly comprised of the environmentalists and the farmers from 40 local villages, through which the construction will pass. The environmental activists fear the destruction of natural habitat, the pollution of Lake Managua – Nicaragua’s biggest source of fresh water — and the potential activity of nearby volcanoes.

    The farmers are dissatisfied with the compensation they were offered for their lands by Nicaragua’s left-wing government and the implementer of the project, the Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Investment (HKND) group.

    According to the various estimates, the project will also displace between 30,000 and 120,000 people that live along the canal’s future route.

    "This project will bring no benefit to the people of Nicaragua, it will only benefit the Chinese," Danilo Lorio, the leader of protests on the western shore of Lake Nicaragua told South China Morning Post. "The compensation offer for our lands is ridiculous."

    The 173-mile-long Nicaragua canal, designed to rival the Panama canal, will link the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean Sea. The ambitious project includes the construction of an international airport and two ports capable of handling ships carrying up to 25,000 containers. According to The Guardian, the Panama canal is currently able to handle the ships carrying no more than 5,000 containers — this figure will reach 12,000 containers after the expansion of the canal that is already underway and due to be completed by 2016.

    The Nicaragua canal project is expected to be complete by 2020 and will cost a total of $50 billion. The contract allows the HKND to operate the canal for 100 years.

    No environmental impact report regarding the construction has ever been released to public.

    What's with the retarded cold war language in this article.   Are we back to right wing good, left wing bad drivel all over again?  

    Also, if 30-120,000 people are being displaced and all of them are being shafted by the "left wing" government then where are the thousands of
    protestors?   All we had was hundreds including a bunch of enviros.   Likely 5th column NGO funded trash.   Greenpeace being an example of
    what "environmentalism" is these days.   There will be unhappy people in any group.

    No kidding! The imbeciles that run Greenpeace just recently damaged the famous and ancient Nazca Lines in Peru...and it was done all in the name of environmentalism. Rolling Eyes
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  Werewolf on Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:14 pm

    No kidding! The imbeciles that run Greenpeace just recently damaged the famous and ancient Nazca Lines in Peru...and it was done all in the name of environmentalism. Rolling Eyes

    Sure, lets shame people on wasting resources and polluding our environment, so lets go to one of the least waste producing countries on the globe and tell them to care more about the environment! That is just so american, sorry for saying that, ignorance and irony mate a baby and it is greenpeace and the green stands for dollar, who buys you only to them you will show peace.
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    Imperial Pretexts: The Real Reasons behind US Intervention in Colombia

    Post  brisas2k on Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:37 pm


    Imperial Pretexts: The Real Reasons behind US Intervention in Colombia

    https://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/154/26037.html

    Highlights:

    "... This article explains how we can account for the continuity of US counter-insurgency (CI) in post-Cold War Colombia. I make three main arguments in relation to this continuity. First, I argue that the US has considerable economic interests in South America which necessitates the preservation of "stability" geared to those interests. As part of this impulse to maintain stability, US CI has been employed in Colombia to pacify Colombia's armed groups and progressive elements of civil society. Second, the US has a considerable economic and strategic interest in maintaining access to South American oil. Furthermore, the desire to maintain access to South American oil has increased as the US's traditional oil suppliers in the Middle East have increasingly become potentially unstable following the two Gulf Wars. Third, I argue that the legacy of the CI ideology continues to effect the way in which insurgency is perceived by both Colombian and US planners, and as such contributes to the continuity in militarised solutions to Colombia's problems. In sum, I identify three reasons for the continuity of US sponsored counterinsurgency in Colombia. These are related to US strategic and economic interests and a dominant ideology that has continued to function after the Cold War. I do not wish to argue that one of these areas is more important than the other, or indeed that these reasons provide an exhaustive set of causal explanations for US policy. I do think, however, that all of these factors feed into the US policy process and are the principal factors underlying US CI in Colombia. I start with an examination of US economic interests and their role in US intervention in post-Cold War Colombia. "
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    Latin America Breaking News:

    Post  sepheronx on Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:08 pm

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-15/100s-1000s-crowd-brazils-streets-demand-military-intervention-rousseff-resignation-i

    Kyo, since you live in Brazil, can you give us a lowdown? In this article it is claimed hundreds of thousands but media overhypes things that they back, and from what I heard it is a measily 25,000 and they are mostly all middle and upper class folk who are part or voted for opposition. And demanding military to intervene? What a joke. Didnt Brazil get out of military rule 20 some odd years ago?

    How much you wanna bet US has their dirty hands in this. Failed in Venezuela and Argentina so aim higher.
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  Hannibal Barca on Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:10 am

    Yeah we need inside information! It smells fishy indeed, the first hours are the most critical.
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:19 pm

    Nicaragua Farmers Protest Against China-Built Canal Over Mass Displacements
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    Post  sepheronx on Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:09 pm

    George1 wrote:Nicaragua Farmers Protest Against China-Built Canal Over Mass Displacements

    Probably paid off protestors. The economic benefits of the canal will outweigh these farmers gains to the economy. Instead, they should be compensated with a new farm elsewhere.

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    Post  whir on Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:17 am

    sepheronx wrote:Probably paid off protestors.
    Nice one but things are a bit more sophisticated these days and people is not going to take the street for a chicken iguana and a tortilla like in the good old days.

    sepheronx wrote:The economic benefits of the canal will outweigh these farmers gains to the economy.
    Economy those farmers are not part of so they could care less about what future benefits the canal may have for others.

    sepheronx wrote:Instead, they should be compensated with a new farm elsewhere.
    But they are not going to get any because land ownership is a murky affair, unless you have an official document, that is not always the case since it costs money, you're not entitled to even have a claim.

    The lake is a mess after decades of negligence and contamination so is possible that the canal may have something positive for the place in the long term, unless salinization takes it's toll.
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    Post  KoTeMoRe on Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:08 pm

    sepheronx wrote:
    George1 wrote:Nicaragua Farmers Protest Against China-Built Canal Over Mass Displacements

    Probably paid off protestors.  The economic benefits of the canal will outweigh these farmers gains to the economy. Instead, they should be compensated with a new farm elsewhere.

    Nope simply people you can manipulate with enough crocodile tears. I mean NGO's sponsored by Monsanto are protesting against Chinese ventures in Africa. When the same guys have wrecked up Argentina's soy farms. You have to understand. Not everyone is paid for, all you need to do, is just pretend to care about downtrodden people.

    Furthermore there is a big issue with latifundia in Central America, even moreso than with South America. This comes from the very situation of the Nicaraguaian state and economy.
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:05 am

    Argentina's Scioli Taps Key Presidential Adviser for Ticket

    FILE - Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez talks to Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, May 29, 2008.

    Daniel Scioli, the front-running candidate for the ruling Justicialist Party in Argentina's presidential election, said Tuesday that he wanted Carlos Zannini, an adviser from President Cristina Fernandez's inner circle, on his ticket as vice president.

    Scioli, currently the governor of Buenos Aires province, has billed himself as the candidate of "gradual change" against the backdrop of a stagnant economy with double-digit inflation and limited access to global credit markets.

    Yet his choice of running mate for the October presidential elections suggests he might steer a course more in line with Fernandez's unorthodox policies than many supporters had hoped.

    Some analysts said it could just be a strategic ploy to win over Fernandez loyalists.

    Zannini, legal and technical secretary to the president, rarely makes public appearances but has been broadly described in local media as Fernandez's right-hand man. Fernandez herself is constitutionally barred from a third consecutive term.

    The 60-year-old lawyer was nominated in 2003 by Fernandez's predecessor and late husband, Nestor Kirchner.

    "I spoke with Cristina and gave her my point of view. I had said I wanted someone who would complement me in experience," Scioli told TV broadcaster C5N.

    Candidates are required to list running mates when they register for the August primary by midnight Saturday.

    "[This choice] could cast doubts about Scioli's willingness or ability to change the current economic policy," said Ignacio Labaqui, who analyzes Argentina for emerging markets consultancy Medley Global Advisors.

    Argentine equity and bond markets have rallied in recent months on the expectation of such change.

    Scioli, who has pulled ahead of his two main rivals in recent polls, is walking a tightrope in order to win the support of both Fernandez loyalists and undecided voters demanding change.

    A moderate within the broad Peronist movement that has ruled Argentina for all but eight years since the return of democracy in 1983, Scioli is more pragmatic and pro-market than Fernandez and says policy changes are needed to get the economy moving.

    But the jury is out on how much change he would truly bring about. He has mostly been vague about specific policies.

    Argentina's next president will inherit a broken economy by most standards: inflation running at 20 to 25 percent, low foreign reserves, a gaping fiscal deficit fueled by hefty subsidies, negative real interest rates and a debt default.

    Alejo Czerwonko, emerging markets economist at UBS Wealth Management, said Scioli's choice of running mate made sense politically because he needed Fernandez's endorsement. He also said the choice did not necessarily reflect Scioli's future policies.

    Scioli's behavior, "if and when he sets himself free" from Fernandez and controls government resources himself, "remains anyone's guess," Czerwonko said.
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    Re: Latin America Breaking News

    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:10 am

    Bolivia Strikes Big Oil - Morales

    A major new oilfield has been found in Bolivia, the first in 23 years, Presider Evo Morales announced on Thursday.

    Russian energy company Gazprom and French petrochemical giant Total may explore new areas of Bolivia for gas, Gazprom said in a statement Thursday.

    The Boqueron 4 oilfield in the country’s natural gas-rich western Department of Santa Cruz holds up to 28 million barrels of crude, which is enough to triple the country’s known oil reserves and bring nearly $1.7 billion into the state coffers.

    The Boqueron 4 oilfield was discovered by the YPFB Andina Oil Company, 51 percent owned by the state and 48 percent – by Spain’s Repsol, with minority investors holding the rest.

    President Morales said that the breakthrough “would have been impossible without nationalizing the country’s oil and gas reserves”.

    “In 2013 our oil reserves stood at just 16 million barrels, while now they will reach 44 million,” Morales added.

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